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Transgender and Opposite Sex

By Jlhackmann Feb 23, 2014 940 Words
Transgender is a secluded subject to individuals that may not fully understand the sensibility of this lifestyle. At a young age adolescents feel as although they were born to the wrong genitalia.             I chose to analyze this topic because I feel as though transgender is a broad topic rarely exposed to the public. If society could understand the means of this lifestyle there social standards would not be restricted. My intensions are to not discriminate or segregate transgender humanity but rather to inform. Transgender is thrown into this generalized category with transsexual, asexual, and bisexual where they are all categorized the same. The law was supposed to protect the public, only if we’re not a disturbance to society. With the increasing rate in this community the demand of acceptance is gradually intensifying. To obtain the necessary information my focal point will be stationed around five questions:          What is transgender?

         What are the causes and symptoms of transgender?          What are the diagnosis/ emotional toll on the transgender individual?          What is their role in society?
         Is there a treatment?
 
Transgender try to seek equality in the eyes of the law (Equality). Patience and social standards restricts them from fulfilling a healthy lifestyle. They did not choose to be this way they feel as if their body betrays them. Transgender adolescents are people who are neither female nor male; this population is gradually on the rise.             Transgender, also known as gender identity disorder (GID), is used to describe a male or female that feels a strong identification with the opposite sex and experiences considerable distress because of their actual sex (Teaching). Transgender have strong cross-gender identification that can affect children, adolescents, and adults. When children are born based off their genital region they are put into a sex stereotypical group (The Gale). When transgender reach a classifying age they begin to express a longing to convert their bodies because they feel a discomfort as their actual gender. Many people confuse transgender and transsexual people with people of intersex conditions because they see two groups of people who would like to choose their own gender identity and sometimes those choices require hormonal treatments and/or surgery (Teaching). Gender identity disorder may cause someone to present themselves as the opposite sex. The disorder can impact the person's behavior, manners, and appearance. Individuals who are committed to altering their sex may undergo surgery immediately classifying them as transsexual. Transgender, gender identity disorder, is the feeling of wanting to pursue the feelings of the opposite sex.             Several theories exist, but the exact cause of transgender disorder is not known. These theories suggest that the disorder may be caused by genetic (chromosomal) abnormalities, hormone imbalances during fetal and childhood development (The Gale). The symptoms of  

gender identity disorder often arise in early childhood. Parents feel that it is the way they brought up their children that cause them to be transgender. Adults although should know that emotionally healthy children fantasies about being the opposite sex as well. To be certain that your child is transgender classic signs are calling oneself by an opposite sex name, desire to live as a person of the opposite sex, desire to be rid of their own genitals, dressing and behaving in a manner typical of the opposite sex, feeling of isolation, depression, and anxiety. The cause of gender identity disorder is not clear to scientists or the people. While the symptoms of transgender disorder has been distinctly tackled.             Gender identity disorder is usually diagnosed by a psychiatrist to rule out other possible causes for the symptoms, such as depression and anxiety (Visibility). The psychiatrist will manage an interview or two that will determine the state of mind that the patient is in. During these interviews they will conduct a detailed social history. Gender identity disorder is diagnosed when the evaluation confirms the persistent desire to be the opposite sex (Visibility). The emotional toll that is placed on these individuals from the stress of society can cause depression and self doubt.             The law should protect everyone as a whole. Except since transgender disorder is a “disturbance” to society 24 states has no laws that protect them. 68% of male to females and 55% of female to males have been forced to have sex at least once. The community has put a lot of stress on the transgender population to stay out of site and not be heard. This forces 60% of transgender to work illegally in the drug business or sex industry (Equality). For the transgender that were lucky to live a healthy lifestyle openly 21% had full time jobs and 16% had part time jobs. The remaining 3% of transgender will not work at all. As for the young children that have  not quite adapted as to what sex they exactly want to be they are ran out of public schools. Transgender should be able to feel safe in the world along with everyone else, but no one will take the time to understand why they are this way.             Self-esteem is the key to helping transgender succeed in society. There is no specific treatment to transgender disorder, gender identity disorder. The best thing for a transgender is feeling accepted in the community. The best opportunity for gender identity disorder is to live their life openly without discrimination. Counseling and peer support can install positive identification.             If the population of transgender continues to be on the rise then society would have no other choice but to accept them. Transgender is caught up in the state of mind where they cannot run from their bodies, just alter them. Transgender have to adjust whether it be to their bodies or society.

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